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TGA file water effects conflict... need some advice.

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So I have been playing with terrain repainting and I am having a problem with the coastal TGA tiles. When I place the modified tiles in game I am getting water effects across the entire tile instead of just the water portion. Is this an Alpha issue? what are the correct settings for saving Targa files in Photoshop?

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stock tiles or 'home made'?

 

These are "repaints" of Stary's Formosa Targa tiles. Basically what I'm doing is was making a composite... Between Formosa tiles and various earth sand and city tiles for placement in specific target areas areas. An example of what I am doing would be layering the sand tile over the Formosa tile adjusting the opacity to combine tile features - tracing out the Formosa coastline on the top sand tile and deleting it... to retain the greenish blue water on the tile below.

 

I am using Fubars dynamic water shaders. Stary's stock tiles have no issue with the water shader effect

 

Most of my modified tiles are showing water effects right up the beach and fully across the entire tile surface...Others strangely are not... and I am not sure why. I am also getting weird light effects from explosions and flack that magnify the visibility of seams between adjacent tiles.

 

 

The standard third wire water entry for the coastal tiles is "1" in the terrain data ini , and i have retained that formula

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Here is the tile ... and here is the issue in game, you can see the tile in question has fubars water effects active across the entire tile. the water FX have also turned the tile a dark color in game .The neighboring modified tile has only a slight encroachment onto the coastline.... and only a slight amount of discoloration to the tile.

 

Here is the tile ... and here is the issue in game, you can see the tile in question has fubars water effects active across the entire tile. the water FX have also turned the tile a dark color in game .The neighboring modified tile has only a slight encroachment onto the coastline.... and only a slight amount of discoloration to the tile.

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what does the alpha channel look like, and do you have a matching _hm.bmp (height map)

 

this is a "normal" alpha channel (albiet with different water bits) for the VietnamSG50 tile, from Stary's GH3,

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Looks like the alpha information from the original tile was lost on some of the conversions but not on others, the alpha channels are just plain white.

 

How do I create an alpha in the psd file to match my transparency ?

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that image of the layers/channels does us no good ... look at mine. Need to see the WHOLE tile, like in my image

 

however, if you read my post that I linked to in the 1stGen KB, it explains HOW to add the alpha

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I experimented with getting specular effects on the entire terrain by using only .tga tiles and a modified water shader. The alpha channel on the tiles is used both as a specular level map and a mask for the water effect at the same time.

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Well here are some shots from IcelandNA where I experimented with this. You can clearly see the effect on the snow and other parts.

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